Lupe Fiasco – Lasers [Review]

“When I think about everything that I went through on this record, I hate this album.” – Lupe Fiasco

That’s an actual quote from Lupe that he held with Complex today. So when an artist airs out his grievances with a particular project, the outcome can’t really be that great. And to think that when this photo with Lupe & Julie Greenwald surfaced:

It may have signaled the end of an conflict and hopefully some great music would come from it. Now as for the album, it opens with a collaboration with Sarah Green entitled, “Letting Go” where Lupe “feels it’s getting out control and he’s running out of soul”. “Words I Never Said” which features Skylar Grey is the current favorite among listeners right now. The Alex Da Kid produced track has Lupe getting a little controversial on this topic:

And that ain’t Jersey Shore, homie that’s the news
and these the same people supposedly telling us the truth
Limbaugh was a racist, Glen Beck is a racist, Gaza strip
was gettin bombed but Obama didn’t say shit
That’s why I didn’t vote for him, next one either
I’m a part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful

The beat for “I Don’t Wanna Care Right Now” is very annoying and Lupe doesn’t help the track at all especially in the last verse:

With a hand for the world, you a boy band with a dance and a twirl
I’m a rockstar with a band so thorough
Big ass tour bus that’s jammed full of girls
T-t-tell em what it do, holla from the bottom, yell it from the roof
T-t-tell em what it do, I don’t care about your curfew
I’ll tell you when I’m through boy

I’m think that Atlantic Records wanted Lupe to reach commercial audiences with the pain in the ear Trey Songz featured “Out Of My Head.” The first single for Lasers is “Show Goes On” which Lupe stated that “had to be the first single if the record was going to come out.” On “State Run Radio”, Lupe spits about the current state of affairs within us:

love is balling on a budget, the military’s says
we need more cash, to keep fighting for your gas
keep us in our hoods and hope we never explore pass,
stay inside of your half, believe the lies you learn in your class,
that there’s no treasure in your trash, & the ceiling has the same

The album’s strongest track comes in the form of “All Black Everything” where Lupe gives us a view had things with blacks went in a different way:

Uh, and I know it’s just a fantasy
I cordially invite you to ask why can’t it be
Now we can do nothing bout the past
But we can do something about the future that we have
We can make fast or we can make it last
Every woman queenin’ and every man a kingin’
When those color lines come we can’t seen between
We just close our eyes till its all black everything

After listening to this album, it’s evident as to why Lupe hates this album. I expect far more with from him with this project and it has disappointed me greatly. “I’m Beaming” seems like an footnote now. I asked about the outlook of Food & Liquor 2 and Jamil responded with this:

Depends on if it’s a mixtape, an album that has HIS direction, or an album he makes because his label made him.

Until then, well shall see.